Moody first league diver to make cut
Notes: Florida freshman posting fast times as Gators roll
Amy Hughes, NCAA.com
St. Catherine junior Sarah Moody was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week earlier this week after becoming the first MIAC diver in 2011 to qualify for the NCAA Championships on both the 1- and 3-meter boards. She set a new pool record and two team records while earning two first-place and two second-place finishes last weekend.
Moody met the NCAA 1-meter standard at every meet in January.
Last Friday, Moody led SCU to a 151-62 dual win at home against UM-Morris. The junior won the 1-meter diving event with a score of 265.45. On the 3-meter, Moody set a new pool and team record and topped the NCAA qualifying mark on the 3-meter board with a 294.25. Saturday, Moody helped the Wildcats to a third-place finish at the St. Kate’s Invitational by finishing second on both boards. She scored a 416.20 on the 1-meter and a 411.65 on the 3-meter, adding another school record to her tally.
Last weekend’s events were the conclusion of the regular season for St. Catherine. The Wildcats and the other MIAC teams will return to action at the conference championships on Feb. 17-19 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic center.
Need to Know
• Clark University senior Liz Rosen was named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week, as she won the 500 freestyle (5:20.53) and was part of the winning 400 free relay team (4:10.26). She also finished second in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:53.88. Clark wraps up its dual meet season on Wednesday with a home dual against WPI before participating in the Wheaton College Invitational this weekend.
• Wellesley freshman Hayley Goydan earned NEWMAC Diver of the Week honors after sweeping the diving events as the Blue posted a 168-127 win against Mount Holyoke. She had a career-best score of 429.68 on the 1-meter, surpassing NCAA qualifying standards. She also won the 3-meter board by 20 points with a score of 232.19.
• Florida freshman Elizabeth Beisel was named the SEC Female Swimmer of the Week on Tuesday. Beisel’s collegiate-best time in the 1,000 free (9:48.58) was the eighth-fastest time in the NCAA this season (third in the SEC). Her time in the 200 backstroke (1:55.75) and 400 IM (4:11.66) were both NCAA provisional marks. The 200 back time was the freshman’s sixth NCAA “B” cut of the season in the event, while the 400 IM was her third NCAA cut in that discipline. She was also part of three first-place times in Florida’s 157-86 win against No. 10 Tennessee.
• South Carolina junior Courtney Forcucci posted wins on both the 1- and 3-meter boards in the Gamecocks’ double-dual wins against Georgia and Alabama. She opened the meet with a 1-meter win, scoring a career-best 311.05, and won on the 3-meter with a 330.05. At the USA Diving Winter Nationals on Sunday, Forcucci advanced to the quarterfinals on the 3-meter board.
• Grove City sophomore Jenny Ryan recorded three individual wins for the Wolverines in a non-conference dual victory at Wooster on Saturday. She won the 1,000 free (10:58.35), 200 back (2:15.31) and 200 IM (2:14.31).
• Grinnell senior Morgan Horton won four events in a 172-111 victory at the Macalester Mini-Invite, winning the 100 backstroke (1:06.09), 400 IM (4:55.58) and serving as part of the winning 200 medley and 200 free relay teams (1:55.79 and 1:45.86). She was named the Midwest Conference Women’s Performer of the Week.